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jolt someone out of something

to startle someone out of inertness. The cold water thrown in her face was what it took to jolt Mary out of her deep sleep. At the sound of the telephone, he jolted himself out of his stupor.
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jolt to a start

 and jolt to a stop
to start or stop moving suddenly, causing a jolt. The truck jolted to a stop at the stop sign. The little car jolted to a quick start and threw the passenger back in his seat.
See also: jolt, start

jolt to a stop

See previous.
See also: jolt, stop


1. n. the degree of potency of the alcohol in liquor. It doesn’t have much of a jolt.
2. n. a drink of strong liquor. He knocked back a jolt and asked for another.
3. n. a portion or dose of a drug. (Drugs.) How about a little jolt as a taste?
4. n. the rush from an injection of drugs. (Drugs.) This stuff doesn’t have much jolt.
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Solanki's England career has been a jolty affair - dispensed with after his maiden tour to Africa, recalled again for the heady one-day summer of 2003and on the periphery again after three failures on the tour of Bangladesh.
My swing was jolty at first but it's feeling good now.
The automatic gearbox can be a little jolty, particularly coming down the gears, while the paddles are smooth enough when the engine's in manual mode.